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Old 10-23-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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I am new to Calibre and so far have found it exceedingly useful. But one thing puzzles me and leaves me a little disconcerted:

Why does the folder which is created when I add a book have a number sequence in its name?

The number's presence distracts me and I wish that it was not added to the folder name. Is it possible to turn this numbering affair off? Or is it necessary for some reason?

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Old 10-23-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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its neccessary for data integrity (it ensures that even id two books in the database has the same title and author their files dont get mixed up).
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Okay thanks -- I'll live with that. I understand the chance of duplicates happening and this avoids that.
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Why not add numbers only when you actually encounter a duplicate book?
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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Hi everyone.
I know this thread is old but my question relates to it so rather than start a new thread I thought I would put my question here.

I understand the reason for the numbers in the folder names but I was wondering if there is a way to reset the numbers.
My numbers go up to 306 but I only have 67 books in my library. Obviously when I delete a book, Calibre does not reuse the number but just numbers continuously - is there a way to rest the numbering as I really don't relish going into the thousands?
Thanks.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:29 PM   #7
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No, you can't reset it apart from starting a new library. But during normal Calibre usage, you shouldn't even see the numbers, so why care?
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:32 PM   #8
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Bottom line, IGNORE the man behind the curtain.

Let Calibre do its thing with ITS folders, and ignore what it is doing.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:08 PM   #9
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Hi everyone.
I know this thread is old but my question relates to it so rather than start a new thread I thought I would put my question here.

I understand the reason for the numbers in the folder names but I was wondering if there is a way to reset the numbers.
My numbers go up to 306 but I only have 67 books in my library. Obviously when I delete a book, Calibre does not reuse the number but just numbers continuously - is there a way to rest the numbering as I really don't relish going into the thousands?
Thanks.
The folder numbers only mean something to Calibre.
Next, you will be wanting to renumber the Authors (yes, they have numbers also. You just can't see them as easily.)
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #10
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Obviously when I delete a book, Calibre does not reuse the number but just numbers continuously - is there a way to rest the numbering as I really don't relish going into the thousands?
I'm with the other folks, don't look and it won't bother you. If you must have new numbers you can create a new library then select all of your books in your existing library and copy them to the new library. In theory the new library will have freshly assigned numbers.

Seems like a lot of work for no real benefit just to clean up what amounts to a cosmetic item.
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Is this a sticky already somewhere?

Shouldn't it be if it isn't?

It seems to be a recurring theme.

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It seems to be a recurring theme.

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@Phonella... Everyone has danced around this subject but hasn't actually hit it directly. You shouldn't be going into the calibre library folder. Doing so is very dangerous because the slightest change could disable the whole library. Also, there is no need to go into the library folder because anything you might want to do in the folder, you can do from within calibre, plus a whole lot more. The whole purpose of calibre is to manage your books, not organize files. If ever you feel you need to go into calibre's library because you don't know how to do what you want from within calibre, please ask us how to do what you want. Otherwise you might find yourself posting here trying to find out how to fix a broken library.
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I'll add the usual comment: read my sig. Seriously, I do have an explanation of why and how it is that way, which saves a lot of typing.

Also, with regard to digging up years-old threads: MobileRead, unlike some forums to remain nameless, does not object in the slightest to people starting new threads when they have something new to say. I've noticed lately that people are doing it again -- "it" being necroposting to threads two or three years old, if not more -- but really, it's better to start a new thread for a new topic. I promise, we won't yell at you, unlike some forums where there's always someone to scream "Someone asked about a tangentially related topic in 2003, how dare you start a different thread!" I've been in forums like that, but this isn't one of them, and not digging up the old threads like that can make it a lot easier for people to keep track of what's what. Plus it saves me the embarrassment of accidentally replying to something said by someone who left MobileRead in 2007 or something!
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